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MOAA Tampa’s Transition Event Thriving After Military Service

By Paul McAneny, COL, USAF, RET

On Tuesday, August 23rd, the MOAA-Tampa Chapter hosted it’s fifth ever quarterly event for transitioning military members and their families.  The popular event is titled “Thriving After Military Service” and, rather that the typical transition events focused on, job skills, resume writing, networking, etc., the MOAA event addressed leading fulfilling lives following your military service. 

Why are we doing this?  Simple…because nobody else is.

Thetheme of the morning portion of this unique seminarwas “a focus on the family” with speakers from TRICARE and the Veterans Administration as well as local Financial Advisors and Attorneys.

The afternoon was dedicated to “a focus on the community” with representatives and volunteers from organizations such as MOAA’s own Tampa Chapter, Association of  the US Army-SunCoast Chapter,the Hillsborough County Veterans Treatment Court Mentors Group, 1st US Volunteer Cavalry Regiment – Rough Riders, Tampa Sports Authority, EoS Fitness, and charity organizations addressing both veteran homelessness and mental health.

All that plus free drinks and snacks all day including lunch and a chance to meet other great transitioning military families. 

THIS IS NOT A VIRTUAL EVENT…you must be in Tampa to attend.

Attendees included a variety of ranks (officer and enlisted) from all military services.One enthusiastic attendee stated, “Extremely valuable! I’m in the middle of my transition now and this was the only venue I’ve seen that covered these topics.”

We are continuing to work with our full time partners, Tampa’s own FIVE Labs/USbioskills Lab and Conference Center.  The FIVE Labs CEO comes from a military family and also a member of our local South Tampa Chamber of Commerce; he wanted to participate in an event supporting our local military and veteran community.

The MOAA-Tampa Transition Seminar is held every quarter with the next event scheduled for Tuesday, 15 Nov 2022.  Sign-ups are now open at this link: